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Premier screening of a People’s History of the LGBTQ community in Grand Rapids this Thursday

November 14, 2011

The film is finally done and we are excited to announce that the premier showing of a People’s History of the LGBTQ community in Grand Rapids is this week, Thursday, November 17.

The film is based on 69 interviews, archival documents, photos, videos and a research project of how the Grand Rapids Press covered LGBTQ issues in the 1980s and 90s.

Following the model of people’s history developed by radical historian Howard Zinn, the film looks at watershed moments in Grand Rapids where the LGBTQ community responded to institutional homophobia and organized campaigns for greater equality. Issues featured in the film include the effort to organize the first Pride Celebration, the campaign to past an anti-discrimination ordinance in Grand Rapids, responding to the AIDS crisis, dealing with the Religious Right, the persecution of Jerry Crane, LGBTQ organizing at GVSU and the significance of Sons & Daughters.

We will also be unveiling a new online archive for the People’s History of the LGBTQ community in Grand Rapids, which we hope people will add to for years to come. Copies of the DVD will be available at this event.

People’s History of the LGBTQ Community in Grand Rapids Film

Thursday, November 17


GVSU downtown campus – Loosemore Auditorium

This event is free and open to everyone. A discussion will follow the film and LGBTQ organizations will be tabling at this event.

GRIID is grateful to the LGBT Resource Center at Grand Valley State University and the Kutsche Office of Local History for their support in making this project come to fruition.

After the film we are encouraging people to attend a fundraising event for the group Until Love is Equal, which has been working on passing an anti-discrimination ordinance in Holland.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. chanceofgay permalink
    November 14, 2011 3:31 pm

    I got a sneak preview of the film this weekend and it is REMARKABLE!

  2. November 14, 2011 6:12 pm

    Looking forward to viewing this film.

  3. November 16, 2011 2:07 am

    Can’t wait to see this locally unprecedented film. Most of my old friends are on the screen; I hope the newest ones are all in the audience. I’ll be at the Plymouth UCC table before and after the screening.

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